Where was I/The Novel/This and That

Aren’t you folks the nicest? You check up on me even when I go AWOL and you send me the nicest messages.

Thanks for asking Mukta, all is well 🙂 Your comment pushed me out of hibernation.

It was not an absence of words that kept me away, rather it was the crowding of them. The novel (yes, there is a novel. Did you think I was going to get a movie deal just like that?) is done. By that, I mean, I have finished the third draft, the mentor has okayed it, the beta-readers have been kind (like, really kind and incredibly generous with their time) and I am currently writing my covering letter for it etc.

I don’t know how long the process of finding a literary agent etc will take. I don’t know if I will even get a publisher to sign moi up. But. I have a novel. I achieved my goal of writing a full length work. I quite like bits of it, I cried a bit reading some stuff I had written (and they were not tears of shame or embarrassment). Maybe, just maybe, I will come good, hey? 

Should I tell you more? Not yet, the butterfly is still in the cocoon, its wings are being marked. I do not have a title yet, I am wringing my hands over this every day because I am picky and unsure like that.

But because I love you all, I will leave you with these lines from the novel. Sneak Peek etc etc.

Those that leave you owe you nothing. You build shrines and gather their memories in muslin because you want to, because you have nowhere else to go, because you do not know any other way to mourn. The departed write their own songs.

And this.

In the end, your love depends only on you. Love has nothing to do with sorrow or absence. If you are prepared to wait, to leave the lights on for someone who may never walk your way again, love will pull up a chair and wait with you, for as long as you need.

You like? I am not going to give away the story just yet, but it is a story of chasing closure and the burdens of memories. 

Drop me a comment. Tell me if you liked the sneak peek. Maybe I will tell you more.


– is back in town.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ardra
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 14:43:23

    Yes, I like…sounds enticing. wish you the very best in getting it published and acclaimed…meanwhile we’ll wait.


  2. Bornali Shade (@bornalishade)
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 02:26:41

    Oh yes, yes, I like. I knew from your blog that your words are sublime. I can’t wait to buy your book 🙂


  3. Unmana
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 02:35:02

    I will totally buy your novel when it’s out. 🙂


  4. scarlettletters
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 08:43:57

    Ardra, thank you, you are such a sweetheart. 🙂 How have you been?
    Bornali, thank you kindly. Glad to see your new blog too, I am very tempted to start blogging under my real name after seeing your changes 🙂
    Unmana, aww, thanks. I need all these good wishes.


  5. RajavelM
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 00:27:50

    Memories and Closures sounds like excellent tearable topics. Looking forward to it VJ !


  6. scarlettletters
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 10:04:39

    Thanks Rajavel. WP let you in? I was beginning to miss your comments, I mean it. 🙂


    • RajavelM
      Aug 24, 2012 @ 11:33:26

      WP used to just let me comment. Now it forces me to login. Bit of a problem when there is little recollection of what the ped was. Had to crack drone a pc. Now its ok on mobile too.


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